Save the dates: June 4-6, 2024

2024 Supply Chain Research Summit

On June 4-6, 2024, CARISCA will host the fourth annual Supply Chain Research Summit. This year’s summit will take an in-depth look at how to build resilience in Africa’s supply chains for economic transformation.

Africa’s Supply Chain Resilience for Economic Transformation

While Africa’s economy appears promising, the continent is yet to achieve the necessary economic transformations to enhance stability and foster the growth of economic resources. These are necessary for addressing its growing grand social and environmental challenges.

Africa’s economic transformation and development hinges on its attractiveness to global and local businesses. However, several challenges undermine that. The majority of these are related to supply chain disruptions.

Evidence shows that resilient supply chains are vital for the success of businesses and societies. Given the frequent and costly supply chain disruptions in Africa, increased investment in supply chain resilience on the continent is a pressing need.

Current proposals for addressing these issues are primarily at the macro level and often lack solid grounding in theory-validated frameworks that consider micro-level and context-specific variables. Furthermore, while studies on the drivers of supply chain resilience are growing rapidly, research specific to African supply chains remains limited.

Addressing these supply chain resilience themes requires a forum such as the 2024 Supply Chain Research Summit. There, supply chain scholars will brainstorm and share ideas on how Africa’s supply chains can be repositioned to drive the continent’s economic transformation agenda.

Summit tracks and topics:

Theme Track: Africa’s Supply Chain Resilience for Economic Transformation

  • Disruptions and resilience of Africa’s supply chains
  • Africa’s supply chain infrastructure and economic transformation

Track One: General Supply Chains

  • Logistics and transportation management
  • Procurement, sourcing and supply chain management
  • Manufacturing and production management

Track Two: Sectoral Supply Chains

  • Health/pharmaceutical supply chain
  • Humanitarian operations and disaster management
  • Agriculture and commodities supply chain

Track Three: Emerging Issues in Global Supply Chains

  • Globalization and supply chains 
  • Sustainability issues in supply chains
  • Emerging technologies in supply chains including blockchain technology, big data analytics, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Global supply chains and grand challenges

Track Four: Practitioner and Policy Discourse on African Supply Chains

  • Supply chain financing
  • Health supply chain policy
  • Supply chain technology trends in Africa

Submission Deadline:

Call for papers is now closed.
You will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract by April 5.


Contact Kekeli Adonu at or Barby Grant at


The Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain – Africa (CARISCA) is a partnership between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Arizona State University (ASU) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

CARISCA’s key objective is to support higher education institutions in building the capacity necessary to provide best-in-class degree programs and training, facilitate research translation and utilization, and engage stakeholders in best practices and policy changes that strengthen supply chains. 

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